This is an exciting album, a perfect adrenaline piece of old school thrash metal…
When I first read that this would be closer to older Mercenary albums while still containing elements of their newer releases, I was wondering how they could possibly pull it all together to create an album worthy of their name. Thankfully, they have delivered beyond my expectations and Through Our Darkest Days is an amazing album that should please fans of both of their older and newer material, while at the same time bringing a refreshing new sound that’s sure to lead to more greatness in the future.
Where “Call Of The Black Winds” saw the band experimenting with their sound and not quite settling on one sound, “Embraced By Fire” sees them continuing to push the envelop as far as mixing so many sounds together, and yet it still manages to feel like a more more focused and more cohesive album overall
While ZONE OF ALIENATION doesn’t do enough to scare the big boys of the trad metal genre, there’s definitely a marked improvement from their previous effort, and if the band can continue to develop and grow, and the production can be smoothed out a little more STEELWING may well just have a classic album up their sleeve